When Bears Attack

Out actors, horny extras, and dirty jocks keep the fur flying as we visit the set of Outfest selection BearCity, a romantic comedy set in the bear scene, on the last day of filming in New York City.




BearCity is the story of my life, my experiences, and my friends, who all identify as a bear,” he says. “I’m very confident that we have told a story that will make the bear community proud because we made it all-inclusive, which is what the community was created for. The beauty of the bear community is its diversity, so it would have been unrealistic not to have the full spectrum of people represented. I don’t consider Tyler a ‘twink’ as much as a young man looking for love, and it was important to me to tell the story of a man coming to terms with his alternate view of beauty and sexual attraction.”

In addition to cameos by such local lavender luminaries as Village People cowboy Randy Jones and Village Voice columnist Michael Musto, many of the major gay roles, shaggy and shaven, are played by openly gay men, including The Big Gay Sketch Show’s Stephen Guarino and CSI’s Gerald McCullouch.

“It’s a good thing, but it just kind of worked out that way,” Ferber insists. “We held normal auditions as anyone else would, and our casting director didn’t consider anyone’s sexuality either.”

But can we safely assume that the majority of actors in BearCity are gay?

“Let’s just say that there’s a lot of gay motherfuckers on this set, and the extras area downstairs is a pickup joint,” says Ferber, who wore a leather harness as an extra during a dance scene the previous afternoon. “You’ll see people making out, flirting, nipple-tweaking, and all the actors are constantly cuddling and massaging each other between takes. I even heard about some hard-ons the other day. There are a couple of straight guys mixed in, but actors are touchy-feely in general, so they certainly haven’t disrupted the gay vibe.”

Ferber adds that if BearCity is a roaring success as expected, his and Langway’s furry tales may tickle extras in other gay meccas like San Francisco in the future.

“The film ends with a hint of what a sequel might be — kind of like the Joker card at the end of Batman Begins — so you’ll have to wait and see,” he says.

And if that’s not good enough reason to suck down another round of dirty jocks, I don’t know what is.

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